Yesterday [April 5th 2010] WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.
The video, shot from an Apache helicopter, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded, left to be taken to a local hospital
One of the helicopter crew is then heard saying that one of the group is shooting shooting back. But the video shows there is no shooting or even pointing of weapons. The men are standing around, apparently unperturbed. The lead helicopter, using the moniker Crazyhorse, opens fire. “Hahaha. I hit ’em,” shouts one of the American crew. Another responds a little later: “Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards.” The ruthless murders then open fire on a van that drives up to pick up a wounded. [Transcript]
It seems Wikileaks as more videos, even from a May 2009 attack in western Afghanistan which killed over 100 civilians, including many women and children, through bombs. The U.S. Military has said it would release the video, but it has not, and most likely it might not
Words cannot covey the utter shock I am in having watched this murder, I then shudder to think that if these were the loose knit rules of engagement in Iraq during the American invasion, then I can easily speculate what might be going on within our own border where these gun-totting trigger-happy American soldiers have been let loose to target and engage at their won free will.
Most of the targeting in Pakistan is done remotely, one then has to wonder, if these soldiers mistook a ‘camera’ as an AK-47 and an PRG, while hovering right above in an Apache, how accurate their targeting be sitting remotely in a bunker in Washington target practicing via satellites. I can almost bet these drones must be dead blind as bat, killing mostly innocent people, and occasionally getting lucky at killing a militant.
Rightfully then I must ask, with such a hideous track record, what assurance do we have that they wouldn’t do that in Pakistan….. Its time to convince our own government to stop these criminals from destroying our country even further. The American are as good as the terrorists who blow themselves up against this American hegemony. When do we say stop !!!!